So, here we are. Three months have passed since I signed up for another #20BooksOfSummer and I’m beginning to wonder where the time went.
It’s been a weird year — how’s that for an understatement — and I haven’t always been in the mood to read. I’ve watched a lot of streaming services (Netflix, Stan, SBS on Demand, iView etc) instead and caught up with a lot of Australian films and TV shows I missed out on when I lived in the UK for 20 years! And I’ve piled on the weight, eating too much chocolate and ice-cream and pasta, while I’ve been doing it!
I did have good intentions to read 20 books from my physical TBR, with the option to switch out ones from my digital TBR. And I almost made it: I read 17! These were as follows (arranged in alphabetical order by author’s surname):
- ‘The Blue Guitar’ by John Banville (literary novel, Ireland)
- ‘Diary of a Somebody’ by Brian Bilston (black comedy, UK)
- ‘Heaven Scent’ by Alan Carter (crime novel, Australia)
- ‘Love’ by Roddy Doyle (literary novel, Ireland)
- ‘Remember Me This Way’ by Sabine Durrant (psychological thriller, UK)
- ‘A Week in the Life of Cassandra Aberline’ by Glenda Guest (literary novel, Australia)
- ‘Below Deck’ by Sophie Hardcastle (psychological thriller, Australia)
- ‘No One’ by John Hughes (literary novel, Australia)
- ‘You Have to Make Your Own Fun Around Here’ by Frances Macken (literary novel, Ireland)
- ‘Stillicide’ by Cynan Jones (short stories, Wales)
- ‘The Good Son’ by Paul McVeigh (literary novel, Northern Ireland)
- ‘Shell’ by Kristina Olsson (literary novel, Australia)
- ‘The Woman on the Stairs’ by Bernard Schlink (translated fiction, Germany)
- ‘The Empty Family’ by Colm Tóibín (short stories, Ireland)
- ‘Dry Milk’ by Huo Yan (translated fiction, New Zealand/China)
- ‘Elizabeth and Her German Garden’ by Elizabeth von Arnim (classic novel, Australia/Germany)
- ‘The Yield’ by Tara June Winch (literary novel, Australia)
It’s hard to pick a favourite. I really loved A Week in the Life of Cassandra Aberline, and I got a lot of chuckles from Diary of a Somebody and I became truly immersed in the quiet, understated beauty of Shell.
I have a lot of reviews still to write, so keep your eye on the blog as I play catch-up over the next week or two.
So, that’s it for another year. I didn’t quite achieve the magic number of 20 books, but it was fun trying. Thanks again to Cathy for hosting.
Did you take part in #20BooksOfSummer? How did you do? Care to share your favourite read of the summer (or winter)?